Trump suggests dispensing with legal due process for immigrants

Not long after parading families of victims of crimes in public displays of intolerance of illegal immigrants, vilifying them all by association (something the Nazis did with Jews), Donald Trump is now suggesting that due process in law be ignored.

Reuters: Trump calls for deportations without judicial process

President Trump said that people who enter the United States illegally should be sent back immediately to where they came from with “no judges or court cases,” likening them to invaders who are trying to “break into” the country.

“We cannot allow all of these people to invade our Country. When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases, bring them back from where they came,” Trump said Sunday on Twitter.

“Cannot accept all of the people trying to break into our Country. Strong Borders, No Crime!”

It could be a challenge finding out where they came from – Mexico is just the last transit country for people from Central and South America.

Critics said his proposal would violate the U.S. Constitution’s due process provision, which the Supreme Court has ruled also applies to non-citizens.

“The president of the United States has just forcefully proposed the end of political asylum and no due process for migrants,” Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, wrote on Twitter.

Many people coming in to the USA from Mexico already reside in the US and go back to Mexico to visit family. Will it put them at risk?

It’s not unusual for Trump to not care about the law. He is cynically playing to promote public perceptions that illegal immigrants should have no rights in the US and should all be seen as a threat to, ironically, law and order.

Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy of prosecuting adults for entering the country illegally entails a process that typically takes many months. That required children to be separated from parents because they are not legally allowed to be kept in detention for more than 20 days.

However, keeping the children with their migrant parents as they await court proceedings faces obstacles including lack of sufficient housing, a paucity of immigration judges and a daunting backlog of cases.

Trump appeared to grow increasingly frustrated over this quandary, and the lack of action in Congress on comprehensive immigration legislation.

Unlike presidents who can issue executive orders with the stroke of a pen Congress has it’s own processes to follow if it wants to change laws. Immigration and asylum are complex moral and legal issues that can’t be fixed in an instant to appease an impatient president.

Illegal immigration is a big problem for the US, and they have been grappling with how to deal with it for a long time. It is complicated by the widespread use of illegals for cheap labour.

The US has a right to protect it’s borders and to remove illegals if that’s what it wants to do.

But the Trump approach is growing increasingly dictatorial, and it alarmingly mimics the actions of past dictators.